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Association football is the most popular sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863, which were a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game. With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved in the code than any other country as well as the world's first club (Sheffield F.C.), the world's oldest professional association football club (Notts County), the oldest national governing body (the Football Association), the joint-first national team, the oldest national knockout competition (the FA Cup) and the oldest national league (the English Football League). Today England's top domestic league, the Premier League, is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world, with six of the ten richest football clubs in the world as of 2019.

The England national football team is one of only eight teams to win the World Cup, having done so once, in 1966. A total of five English club teams have won the UEFA Champions League (European Cup).

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The most successful manager - Alex Ferguson
The most successful person to manage Manchester United, to date, is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has so far won eleven Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, eight Community Shields, two UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one Intercontinental Cup in his 23-year reign as manager. The club's longest-serving manager is Sir Matt Busby, who had two spells managing the club from 1945 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971, totalling 24 years, 338 days.

From 1878 to 1914, the team was selected by a committee whose secretary had the same powers and role as a manager has today. There were four secretaries during this period, A. H. Albut, James West, J. Ernest Mangnall and John Bentley.

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  • ...that footballer Billy Mosforth was a leading exponent of the screw shot, which allows players to bend the ball's trajectory?

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Chelsea celebrating in 2007
The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. Like the FA Cup, it is played on a knockout (single elimination) basis. Unlike the FA Cup where 731 teams entered in 2007–08 only 92 clubs can enter—the 20 clubs of the FA Premier League, and the 72 clubs of The Football League who organise the competition. Unlike the FA Cup, the semi-finals are played over two legs. The winners qualify for the UEFA Cup, if they have not qualified for European competition in some other way. If the winner qualifies for the Champions League, the UEFA Cup spot is given to the team that finishes highest in the FA Premier League, that has not already qualified for a European competition.


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